With the instrumental album ‘Hemispheres’, ‘Au Revoir Hands’ bring together cello, moog & buchla synths with fragments of noise and post-club beats, underpinned by loops of viola da gamba, harp and strings. Discover ‘Fathoms’ the 18th January in Formula Indie
Au Revoir Hands are Anthony Lyons and Emily Williams. Fusing sounds from the cello, buchla music easel synth, beats and samples they explore the worlds of experimental ambient pop and post-minimal electronics. Their music is richly textured and sonically unique with fragments, clicks and cuts sitting alongside effected cello and analog synth lines. They bring a raw expressiveness and live energy to their sound as they move between electronic atmospheres to driving rhythms made of loops, samples & glitched-out drum machines. Neo-classical electronic music meets avant-pop.
Anthony and Emily have been collaborating for most of their professional careers, having met in Melbourne and played together extensively on a number of recording and performance projects including the Electrundra AudioVisual Festival, the Melbourne International Film Festival, the National Gallery of Victoria, and more recently at Islington Mill Manchester for IMPATv.
Au Revoir Hands formed from their dedicated pursuit to capture the magic they feel happens when they make music together! Although living in Melbourne and London for much of the past 10 years, they have continued to meet, record, develop and refine their sound world. They compose, perform and produce their own music and are thrilled to be releasing their debut album ‘Hemispheres’ in November 2021. Live launch shows and performances are scheduled for 2022 at the Baroque Room in Sydney and the Toff in Melbourne, and at the Melbourne Recital Centre in August.
‘Hemispheres’ is a testament to exploring and making creatively across geographical divides, but is even more so an album about voyaging into the unknown, navigation and exploration across different sound worlds where cello, moog & buchla synths meet grittier fragments of noise, broken and reframed beats, underpinned by loops of viola da gamba, harp and strings. What emerges is a unique sound world sitting at the intersections of neo-classical electronic music, soundscape and avant-pop.
From the debut track release Submerge, which recasts elements of Orpheus’s journey between worlds to Between Tides, a momentary pausing to look out beyond the forces that push and pull us, ‘Hemispheres’ track titles are all about navigation and voyage.